My name is Stevens Miller. I’m a lawyer, professional expert witness, and a past elected official of the Loudoun County government in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA. I’m also a computer programmer who works alone, at home, alternately doing end-zone dances when something works, and opening a window so I can throw my keyboard out of it when something doesn’t.
Since 2011, I’ve been working with Microsoft’s DirectShow, which has often been one mean little nugget to crack. (It’s the only MS API I’ve even heard of with a reputation for being “notoriously difficult.”) The online support community has been a big help in my efforts and, now that I find I can actually get (some of) my code to run, I feel it’s time to give back some of that love. So, I hope this will be a gathering place for others who, when it seems that all is lost and that DirectShow is a set of maddening Matryoshka dolls, each one filled with more showstoppers than the last, need someplace to go where folks can help, with understanding and compassion, if not always the code you need.
This site used to be a political blog. If you want that kind of stuff, check out my wife’s blog (but brace yourself first: I think she’s about hit her limit with people who spout cant but don’t know their facts). I’m pretty liberal, myself, and that might show in my comments here. (Though, if you’re a poseur running as a Democrat who thinks liberal support can be taken for granted whenever your opponent is a Republican, guess again: two dis-elected Democrats I served with can tell you better.) However, if you’re a fellow programmer who wants to talk code, you’re welcome here whether you’re a constitutionalist, a communist, an anarchist, or a perfectionist. Just be cool to the others who join in, that’s all I ask.
So, this is now a site for people doing programming, mostly (but not solely) revolving around graphics programming, particularly (not not exclusively) graphics programming involving (the notoriously difficult) DirectShow.
Thanks for stopping by.